Ogun launches OLARMS to eliminate bottlenecks on title documents processing

As part of measures to eliminate bottlenecks associated with acquiring title documents on land purchases, the Ogun State Government, on Wednesday, launched the state’s Land Management System (OLARMS).

The Scheme, according to Governor Dapo Abiodun, would provide transparency and accountability in all land processes in the state.

He also said that OLARMS would provide an opportunity for fairer land taxation, value capture, enforcement of land controls among others with the aim of generating additional revenues for the state government.

The governor equally announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who erect property on portions of land already acquired by the State Government.

“Anyone or company that have built on Government acquired land have up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents as the State has emplaced a trustworthy and accessible digital platform providing matchless quality in the administration of land products and services.

“OLARMS has its primary focus on areas such as titles ratification module for those that have built properties on government land that is under acquisition.

“These applicants can utilize the portal to perfect property titles and obtain their Certificate of Occupancy and those that have enrolled in the Home Owners Charter Programme. Our ambition is that applicants should receive their title documents within 30 days of full payment,” he said.

The system, he added would provide benefits to commercial, industrial and residential developers, attributing the failure of the Home Owner Charter scheme of the previous administration to human factors and legal tussle, among others.

While noting that the system would cover industrial, commercial and residential areas, the governor called on those who could not obtain their land titles under the Home Owner Charter to complete the process to benefit, while those in the diaspora could acquire land without hassles, using the land administration system.

He, further explained that the portal (OLARMS) will create a digitised, automated and accessible platform that will provide quality, speed and integrity for all land-related products and services in Ogun State.

“OLARMS will open up the opportunity to easily do business that relates to land buying directly from the government will be stress-free and transparent without encumbrances as everything can now be processed online through our website: www. olarms.ogunstate.gov.ng,” Abiodun submitted.

In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, described the State’s Land Administration and Revenue Management System as a revolutionary and technological driven initiative aimed at leveraging on the huge potentials inherited from land with a view to enabling the state gain maximally from it.

Okubadejo further said the portal will also offer the public who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents for such land via the State Governments Property Registration Programme (PRP), an amnesty programme available for only a defined period.

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